Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

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Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

Primary Areas of Study
  • European History
  • North American History
  • World History
Secondary Areas of Study
  • Nineteenth Century U.S. History
  • Twentieth Century U.S. History
  • African American History
  • Comparative World History
  • Cultural and Intellectual History
  • German Studies
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Military, Diplomatic, and International History
  • Modern Europe
  • North American West
  • Pre-modern Europe
  • Women's and Gender History

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

Contacts for History

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Gerald J. Steinacher

Graduate Secretary
Ms. Megan Brown

Campus Address
612 Oldfather Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0327

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by History

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 575, Internet TOEFL 90, IELTS 6.5
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Letter of intent
  • Writing sample

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for History
  • December 1 for Fall.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


The Department of History offers master's and doctoral degrees in three major fields: North America, Europe, and World. The objective of the graduate program is to prepare students for careers in research and teaching.

Carefully structured and individualized graduate programs in all fields afford maximum personal contact and consultation between graduate students and professors in seminars, directed individual readings, lecture courses, and supervised thesis research and writing. The faculty makes every effort to provide a creative environment to sustain a community of scholars and a substantial part of all graduate students' training is in small seminars. Students have several resources available to them including the archives of the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Center for Great Plains Studies.

Courses and More

Faculty and research

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Waskar Ari

Latin America; Indigenous Peoples; International Relations; Social; World

Patrice Berger

Modern France

Thomas Borstelmann

International Relations; U.S. 20th Century; World

Amy Burnett

Reformation; Renaissance; Early Modern Germany

David Cahan

History of Science; Modern Germany; European Intellectual

Parks Coble

China; East Asia

James Coltrain

Colonial America; Digital History; Atlantic World

Jessica Coope

Medieval Europe; Islam

Bedross Der Matossian

Modern Middle East

James Garza

Modern Mexico; Latin America; Borderlands; Chicano/a

Vanessa Gorman

Ancient Greece and Rome

Margaret Huettl

Indigenous Histories in North America; Ethnohistorical Methods and Public History

Margaret Jacobs

Colonialism and Decolonization; Indigenous Peoples; Native American; North American West; Women

Katrina Jagodinsky

North American West; Legal; Women and Gender

Jeannette Jones

African American; U.S. Cultural and Intellectual; Pre-Colonial Africa

Patrick Jones

African American; U.S. 20th Century

James Le Sueur

Modern France; Colonialism and Decolonization; Islam

Carole Levin

Early Modern England; Women

Timothy Mahoney

U.S. 19th Century; Urban; Social

Laura Munoz

Victoria Smith

American Indian

Gerald Steinacher

Modern Germany; Holocaust

Will Thomas

Digital History; Civil War; U.S. South; U.S. 19th Century

Sean Trundle

Film and Media Studies

Ann Tschetter

19th Century American, Urban Disasters, Willa Cather

John Turner


This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: History.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.